Patrick Laird, RB, Miami Dolphins

From Kenyan Drake (traded) to Kalen Ballage (bad, now on IR), Laird is now the No. 1 running back for the Dolphins. He had 15 carries for 48 yards and four catches for 38 yards against the New York Jets, and he now as double-digit carries in back-to-back games with at least four receptions in three of the last four.

Strong showings over the last few weeks have pushed the New York Giants into the top half of the league in fantasy points allowed to running backs (entering Week 14, Yahoo! 0.5-point PPR scoring). But in a broader sense it’s still an exploitable matchup for Laird, if only based on touch volume.

Then in Week 16, Laird gets the Cincinnati Bengals. That’s probably all that needs to be said, but the Bengals are a bottom-10 defense against running backs this year.

A running back with a pulse is a easy lament at any point in a fantasy football season. But Laird is that right now in Miami, and he’s a viable flex option in leagues with 12 or more teams (with increased value in PPR formats).

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